Board of Directors (2013)
Doan Viet Trung (President) – Australia
Trung has fought for social justice for some decades. In the 70s, he was a student activist. In the 90s, he and others campaigned for Vietnamese boatpeople, helping thousands to be resettled. In the 2000s, as federal president of the Vietnamese Australian community, he worked with Australian NGOs to advocate for other boatpeople arriving in Australia. During this time, about 2 dozen op-eds of his were published on mainstream Australian newspapers. Since the mid-2000s, he’s devoted much of his time to help Vietnamese workers fight for their rights. Theirs is a hard battle. The Hanoi regime outlaws unions, and the state-run yellow union works with police to get strike leaders arrested.
Jaclyn Fabre (Secretary) – USA
Jaclyn Phuong Fabre started working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer with Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) and worked in Hong Kong with US attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation to Vietnamese boat people. She later became LAVAS executive director. She then joined Canal Community Alliance as the associate director, and then Cupertino Community Services, as the executive director. Both agencies were community-based organizations providing a continuum of services to the working poor, including food, clothing, housing and family support. Prior to her nonprofit career, she was a graphic artist. Jaclyn continues to be active in various nonprofits. She is a member of Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara. Jaclyn lives in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
Maxwell Vo (Treasurer) – Canada
From Toronto, Canada, Max is a passionate volunteer with both Vietnamese and Canadian organizations in Toronto. Max helped found SOS Viet-Phi, a Canadian non-profit organization that started in 2004 to advocate for the last group of Vietnamese boat people who have been stranded in the Philippines. Max helped lead the lobbying efforts with the Canadian Government which resulted in a new Public Policy in 2005, allowing up to 200 stateless Vietnamese boat people to be reunited with their family in Canada. Max is also the President of the Vietnamese Association of Toronto (VAT), Vice-President of Accommdation and Information Services (AIS) Inc. and is a Board Member of the Vietnamese Science & Culture Association (VCSA), Toronto Chapter. Max holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Queen’s University and currently works as an Asset Manager, overseeing an $800M real estate portfolio with Morguard Investments Ltd. in Toronto.
Jessica Soto (Member) – Philippines
Jessica Umanos Soto has an academic background on the fields of Biology and Social Science from Central Luzon State University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, respectively. Ms. Soto earned her Master Degree on Inter-Asian NGO Studies in Sungkonghoe University in South Korea. Ms. Soto is also an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for the Program for Development Managers and the East West Center and University Berkeley- California for the Summer Course on International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Asia Pacific. Professionally, Ms. Soto is a leading authority on human rights, such as child and womenâ€™s rights, gender equality, sustainable and social development; rights based approach to democracy and good governance. Ms. Soto has an extensive social development experience in the last 28 years including with the Philippine Ecumenical Action for Community Empowerment as training and community organizing specialist and with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. Ms. Soto was country director for Amnesty International for 10 years and has been in the recent past the Asia Programme Officer for Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions based in Cambodia for the Women and Housing Rights Programme covering 5 Southeast Asian countries. Ms. Soto has also provided her expertise on short term project consultancies for the World Bank, with the Psychosocial and Child Rights Resource Center for UNICEF-Thailand, and Association for Progressive Communications â€“ Women Supporting Programme, the Asian Network for Food Sovereignty and ChildFund Philippines, among others. Currently, Ms. Soto is the country director for the Kooperation Utan Granser or commonly known in the Philippines as Swedish Cooperative Center and a member of the Board of Directors for VOICE.
Hoi Trinh (Member & Founder) – USA
Hoi Trinh is an Australian lawyer of Vietnamese origin. He obtained his arts and law degrees in 1995 at Melbourne University (Australia) and master degree at Oxford University (U.K.). A corporate lawyer in Sydney in the mid 90s, Hoi first left Australia to volunteer in Hong Kong and later in the Philippines where he set up a legal aid office to assist the last remaining Vietnamese boat people left stateless there since 1989. In 2005, Hoi co-founded VOICE (Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment), a non-profit organization established in the US to help build civil society in Vietnam and assist refugees from that country. Currently, VOICE is focusing on providing legal assistance for the remaining Vietnamese refugees in Southeast Asia and assisting local Vietnamese lawyers and civil rights defenders in their quest to exercise their rights to freedom of information and expression. A recipient of the 1998 Young Vietnamese Australian of the Year Award, Hoi was recognized as one of the nationâ€™s top young lawyers at the 1999 Young Australian Lawyer of the Year Award Ceremony. In 2000, Hoi was selected as a torchbearer for the Sydney Summer Olympics. He was awarded Australiaâ€™s Oxford-Chevening scholarship in 2001.